Monday, 31 October 2016

SJ Card Kit Club October

It's the end of October, and that means the SJ Card Kit Club reveal again.

This month Jenny sent out the challenge kit. It was indeed a challenge for me, because it was mostly Thanksgiving and Hallowe'en, which of course we don't celebrate here, although Hallowe'en is getting bigger every year. By the time I had taken out those elements, there wasn't much left to work with, but that just means a better challenge, and you know how much I like those!

Here are the cards I made with my pack:

This started life as a cream card, dry embossed with this lovely scene. I got out my almost unused brayer (as you can tell from my rubbish technique!) and my Distress Inks. The pumpkins are coloured in with Wink of Stella pens and glimmer gorgeously.


This simple one came next, because the green didn't go with anything else so I singled it out. I added a birthday greeting, although that was not the theme.


The leaf that I die-cut from the previous card then got the inking treatment and was added to this one. The orange spider paper made a beautiful tree because it looks almost like branches at first glance.


The dry embossed greeting was painstakingly coloured over with another Wink of Stella pen, and more die-cut leaves added. 


My second attempt at brayering - I'm getting better - and my first attempt at a spider.


Now this spider is much better - I'm learning! The "wall" paper began arrived a brightly-coloured Trick or Treat design, and I painted over it with sand texture paint (a Lidl special from last year) and I'm thrilled with the result.


I might add a "Hang in there" greeting, and a thread to the top of the window-frame, but for now they're fairly universal.

Next month it's a Christmas theme. I know today is Hallowe'en, but I can't believe Christmas is already in sight. I'm not prepared in the slightest...

Friday, 30 September 2016

SJ Card Kit Club September

The SJ Card Kit Club began its second season in September with a new player, Debbie. Nora sent out the challenge pack and the theme was birthdays. Her style was young, modern, bright and sugary - perfect for birthdays. Here is the link to everyone's cards for September (except Virginia's, which appear here) and here are my cards. It was refreshing to work with Nora's colour scheme.








Monday, 11 July 2016

Plants vs Zombies Peashooter card

My nephew is 10 tomorrow. His current game craze, when he's not playing Skylanders, is Plants vs Zombies. For those who have not had the pleasure of this "cultural learning opportunity", it's a shoot-'em-up between those afore-mentioned "realistic" characters, and he loves it. DH played against him last time we visited them, and I could hear my nephew directing my gullible man to make his character "go and stand over there, Uncle" which DH obligingly did, and promptly got munched. Several times.

Nephew has got Skylanders cards for the past few years and to be honest, I'm getting a bit tired of asking him who his latest favourite character is, making a fancy card featuring said character, then on the day being told that he has a new favourite. Blow that for a game of soldiers. Or a game of Plants vs Zombies. Time for a new subject!

Pinterest failed me, so I turned to Google for inspiration and found a distinctly uninspiring selection of precisely two P vs Z cards. It was no good, I had to design my own.

It's like punch-art, but using dies. Die-art? No! That really doesn't sound right, does it?

Here is Peashooter, the principal plant character.



Don't care whether it's his favourite or not, it's the only one I could make a realistic version of using my dies, so that's what he's getting. I have to say, I'm thrilled to bits with how this turned out.


Thursday, 19 May 2016

Make a fish

If I had had a stamp saying "make a fish", I would have used it on these cards 'cos I'm a punny kinda girl. But I haven't, so the standard one will have to do.

I made the first one for a blokey friend's birthday, and made the other just because I had everything out and the other half of the piece of card was going begging. You never know when that gender-neutral sort of thing might come in handy, do you? I haven't used a landscape card folded along the side for ages.



They are for Less Is More's one layer card challenge this week, which is at sea. There are some completely delightful cards entered, so now I'm going to leave some happy comments for people and cheer up this grey day.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Felt and flowers

This card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog challenge of Fun with Felt, and Cuttlebug Mania's flower challenge, as well as an NSD card challenge on Scrapbook.com. I cut the flowers with a new die set that I got with my birthday gift card. I'm saving it for the birthday next month of one of my fellow choristers.

I haven't done cute and bold for quite a while. It's nice to get back to it again.


Thursday, 3 March 2016

Mother's Day

I was given some decoupage kits a while back, and I've not tried them until I took them to our monthly crop to play with. I wasn't sure whether I liked the results at first, but I have to say they've grown on me. And I know that my Mum will be very happy with her lavender card.

I'm entering this one into the Cute Card Thursday challenge for this week, which is Mother's Day.


Friday, 26 February 2016

Cupcakes

This week's challenge at Less is More is texture, and Simon Says Stamp's is anything. Combining these with Sketch Saturday's sketch this the week, I produced these two cards. The photos are not very good but the pink is embossed with a Happy Birthday folder, and the panels and cakes are all raised on foam dots.